Njord : A Jealous God
Love Conquers All
Njord suddenly grabbed his sword with both hands, and swung it violently at Ullr's head with all his might. Ullr ducked out of the way of his opponents sword, and as it passed swung around ,and with his sword pinned Njord's to the ground. Ullr then kicked Njord in the stomach which caused Njord to let go of his weapon. Njord pulled out his knife, but it was much shorter than Ullr's sword which was now pointed at his throat. Njord put his arms up to command the wind, but Ullr shook his head : " You will be dead long before the first breath of wind appears sea God ! " Ullr yelled at him angrily. " And you will be dead before you can move a muscle to hurt my husband, my friend ! " Skadhi said out of breath.
As Ullr turned his head he saw Skadhi standing about 30 feet away with her bow trained on him. The arrow was pointed straight at his head, and Ullr knew that Skadhi would never miss from that distance. " Your husband came to my lands, threatened me, and attacked me ! " Ullr shouted back. " Why shouldn' t I kill him ?! " he asked. " Because I am telling you not to ! " Skadhi shot back. " How can you care so much for a man who you rarely see, and who you have nothing in common with ? " Ullr asked in a confused tone. " The answer is simple my friend . I love him ! " Skadhi answered still pointing the arrow at Ullr's head. Ullr shook his head in disgust, and then screamed as he threw his sword on the ground. Skadhi lowered her bow. " Thank You my friend ! " Skadhi said softly. " Just get him off of my land ! " Ullr told her as he walked away to his hall.
Skadhi put the arrow back in the quiver, and placed her bow over her shoulder as she strode over to Njord. As she approached her husband she still kept an eye on Ullr until he was out of sight. As she stood over her injured husband she reached down with one hand to help him up. " Let us go home now my jealous husband . " she said softly. Njord took her hand, and was surprised at how strong Skadhi really was as she helped him up. " I have acted like a jealous child, haven' t I my mountain queen ? " Njord asked with an embarrassed look. " Well, it was truly not one of your best moments my dear ! " she replied with a smile. " You must think me a fool ! " Njord spit out shaking his head. " You could have just told me you loved me, my husband, instead of putting on a show ! " she shot back smiling. Njord reached out and gently pushed her hair away from her face, and gave her a kiss. " I will remember that for next time ! " he told her as he caressed her hand gently. Skadhi pushed him away, and looked deep into his eyes : " Next time ?! " Skadhi asked angrily. The mountain Goddess took a deep breath before saying in a much more calm tone : " Next time we will talk out our differences. Let us go home now my husband so I can tend to your wound. " Skadhi told him. Njord looked at her and frowned : " Which home ? " he asked. Skadhi shook her head, and thought for a moment. Then she looked at him and smiled : " I have an idea about that ! " she said excitedly.
Freyja was having a bad day ! She was left all alone to deal with her children again because Odr was still away on another of his long journeys. Little Gersemi had destroyed her room practicing her seidr, and Hnoss was in a rant about how she paid too much attention to Gersemi, who could barely conjure up a fog, and was ignoring her magic, which was very powerful. Suddenly there was a knock at the door ! Freyja shook her head in disgust as she walked to the entrance . " Great ! Guests ! That is just what I need right now. " she said to herself. Before opening the door she took a deep breath to calm herself down. Then she slowly opened the door with a smile. " Hello Freyja ! Your father and I have come for a visit ! " Skadhi told her with a big smile.
From that time on Njord and Freyja made a compromise to save their marriage. Njord and Skadhi would spend 9 nights apart in their own lands, then travel to Sessrumnir, and stay with Freyja for nine days. They would then travel together to visit Freyr for 9 days before returning to their separate halls again.
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright 2014.
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